Planer to drum sander conversion

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Forum topic by Herbiej posted 12-04-2009 02:16 AM 4343 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2009 02:16 AM

I have an old 5 hp. Bellsaw 12 in, planer. Is it possible to convert this machine to a drum sander. I have no experience with a drum sander. So I don’t know what speed the drum should turn. The drum is about 3” in diameter. Pretty wide cracks where the blades fit. Has anyone done anything similar?
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#1 posted 12-04-2009 02:27 AM

I have a Peformax 22/44

The motor is 1 3/4 HP
RPM is 1725
Direct connect to motor shaft 1:1 ratio
5” diameter Drum

Circumference = PI x Diameter

3.14159 x 5 = 15.70795 inches

15.70795 x 1725 (RPM) / 12 = 2258 surface feet/min.

That should tell you what your surface speed should be.

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 02:31 AM

I’ve seen in a homeworkshop magazine how to turn your tablesaw into a drum sander. I’d show you if I had it but the idea was to take off your blade, then throw on a band that you can attach from the table saw to the belt sander model you build to put on top of your tablesaw so it spins the sander for you and from there you’re set to run wood through carefully by hand like its a planer.

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 10:28 PM

Thinking of doing this. Have u had any luck with it?

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 06:44 AM

I used to own the 8” Belsaw Planer. I would say the easiest way to do what you want is to sell the planer and buy a drum sander. I have a planer and a drum sander and they compliment each other nicely. Look around on Craigslist and you should find a used drum sander for a reasonable price if you are patient. That’s how I got mine.

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 02:55 PM

I have a “V” sander that I made from a kit from stockroom supply. It works like a jointer in that you push the wood over the spinning drum. Similar to a “Sand Flea”

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 03:16 PM

I don’t think this conversion is going to be the one. I think I’ll make one like shipwright made using my shopsmith as a power head

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